Softball Posts 2-2 Record At Season-Opening Lenoir-Rhyne Bear Bash Tournament

Softball Posts 2-2 Record At Season-Opening Lenoir-Rhyne Bear Bash Tournament

Kelsey Akers and Caitlin Ewers led University of Mount Olive's 16-hit attack with four hits apiece as the Trojans shut out Glenville State College 13-0 Sunday at the Lenoir-Rhyne University "Bear Bash" Softball Tournament. The Trojans finished the day with a 4-3 loss to Lenoir-Rhyne. Saturday, Mount Olive fell to Lenoir-Rhyne 14-10 and defeated Bluefield State College 23-0.

Mount Olive (2-2) broke a scoreless tie against Glenville State when Anna Ingram's two-run single triggered a four-run third inning. The Trojans added two more runs in the top of the fifth after Ingram and Callie Ferrell opened the inning with back-to-back doubles. Ewers singled in a run in the sixth and belted a two-run homer in a six-run seventh inning.

Madison Johnston (1-1) went the distance for a seven-hit shutout. She struck out two and walked none to help give Trojan head coach Mandy Sansbury a win against her former team.

In the tournament finale against Lenoir-Rhyne, Ingram's sacrifice fly gave Mount Olive a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. After the Bears came back with two runs in the bottom of the inning, the Trojans tied the game 2-2 on Ewers' two-out rbi-single. Lenoir-Rhyne took the lead for good with two runs in the bottom of the third.

Mount Olive rallied for a run in the top of the seventh and had the tying run 60 feet away. Savannah Becker singled to lead off the inning and scored on Ingram's double to right-center. Pinch-runner Reagan Anderson advanced to third on a groundout, but Lenoir-Rhyne reliever Emily Kenley got a strikeout to end the game.

In Mount Olive's tournament and season opener Saturday, the Trojans jumped out to a 6-3 lead after Becker's two-run single capped a four-run second inning. Becker went 4-for-4 in the contest, but Lenoir-Rhyne went ahead to stay with a six-run third inning.

Mount Olive pulled within 9-8 with two runs in the top of the fourth. After the Trojans loaded the bases with nobody out, Ewers drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Jazmin Montgomery followed with an rbi-groundout. Lenoir-Rhyne broke the game open with a five-run fifth inning.

The Trojans hurt themselves defensively in Saturday's opener with four errors that led to 13 unearned runs.

Against Bluefield State, Mount Olive tied for the third highest single-game scoring total in school history, coming within just two runs of tying the school record.

Mount Olive has its home opener Tuesday as the Trojans play host to Francis Marion University in a non-conference doubleheader. Game time is 2 p.m. at Nancy Chapman Cassell Field.